St. Rita Named Top-Ranked All-Boys Catholic High School in Chicago's Southland

According to the Beverly Patch, Niche has released a new list of top-ranked Chicago Southland High Schools.

On that list, St. Rita of Cascia High School is the top-ranked all-boys Catholic school in the Chicago southland. St. Rita also captures the the #2-ranked spot on the Chicago southland best-overall Catholic school list. St. Rita comes in at #8 overall when compared to all 67 Catholic high schools in the entire State of Illinois.

St. Rita earned an "A+" overall Niche grade. The Mustangs also earned an "A+" in Academics and Clubs & Activities, an "A" in the College Preparation, and an "A-" in the Teacher category.

St. Rita also received a very respectable grade of "B+" in Sports and a "B" in Diversity. When reviewing St. Rita's profile, you'll see it continues to set the high-water mark among it's peers.

To learn more about St. Rita, please contact our admissions team at (773) 925-RITA, consider registering for a shadow day, or mark your calendar for our October 22 open house.

* According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Further, Niche states it has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. 

St. Rita Celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

On December 9, 1531, In Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor humble Aztec Indian. She asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church. Juan Diego did as she asked; but the Bishop asked for a sign that this message was really from Our Lady.

The Lord granted his request. On December 12, Mary showed Juan where the most beautiful Castilian roses were and told him to gather them. It was a miracle that the roses were there and in bloom because there was frost on the ground and only cactus and thistles grew. Juan Diego gathered them in his tilma, or poncho, and brought them to the Bishop.

The Bishop was amazed at the roses,; but was even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego's tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. He had the church built at her request. The tilma is still intact after 470 years, and it has been on display in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all this time.

Mary's appearance embrace Christianity and it helped the Spaniards treat the Indians with respect. In the course of seven years, six million Indians converted to the Catholic faith. This was the biggest conversion in the history of the Church.

We continue to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Rita High School. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, at our weekly all-school Mass, everyone received an Aguinaldo. Aguinaldos are traditional treat bags that are handed out to celebrate the birth of Jesus. St. Rita students enjoyed the music of a Mariachi Band following all-school Mass and during lunch periods in the McCarthy Center.

Also, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the St. Rita Family surprised Head of School Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D. with a birthday cake following Mass! Happy Birthday Fr. Paul!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us!